Amnesty International, a global human rights organization, has criticized the invasion of the Civil Society Legislative Advocacy Centre’s Abuja office by Department of State Services operatives on Monday, December 27, 2021.
The invasion was revealed in a statement signed by CISLAC Executive Director Malam Auwal Musa and delivered to DSS DG Ibrahim Bichi, headlined “Intimidation and profiling of civil society organisations during Yuletide.”
Before the DSS stormed CISLAC’s office, there was no previous warning, invitation, or pending request from the DSS, according to the statement.
In a social media statement, Amnesty International condemned the invasion as an action committed without regard for the rule of law.
It is also just another example of Nigerian authorities’ intensifying crackdown on civil society organizations, according to the rights group.
“Amnesty International is deeply concerned over the invasion of the office of the Civil Society Legislative Advocacy Centre (CISLAC) by DSS operatives.
“It is shocking that a law enforcement agency acted without respect for the rule of law. This is yet another sign of Nigerian authorities’ escalating clampdown on civil society organisations.
“We condemn this brazen attempt by the DSS to intimidate CISLAC, which has consistently exposed corruption and demanded accountability.
“Nigerian authorities must end this dangerous trend of using agencies like the DSS to silence its critics and target human rights defenders,” Amnesty said.